As laboratory staff continue to improve detection capabilities and surveillance for
antimicrobial resistance among enteric bacteria in raw retail meat commodities, the number of
state epidemiologists engaged in responding to outbreaks of foodborne illness increased. This
parallel commitment to surveillance programs focused on food and the public’s health provides
an ideal environment for partnering with national programs to address the same goals. Through
continuous participation in the NARMS program Colorado laboratory staff were developed and
continue to evolve their ability to perform all aspects of the defined program. Staff have a clear
understanding of the processes that make up each element of the program and have
demonstrated an ability to make any modifications requested to enhance programmatic
outcomes at any time within an award period.
The CDPHE laboratory is the primary public health and environmental laboratory for the
State of Colorado. The mission of the Laboratory Services Division (LSD) is to protect the health,
safety and environment of all Coloradoans by providing accurate and timely laboratory analyses
and information. The vision of the LSD is to be recognized as an innovative and quality public
health laboratory both in the State of Colorado and nationally. As a leader in public health, the
Division will use advanced, cutting edge technology, employ a highly skilled workforce, and
have the respect and support of all of its customers, stakeholders, and partners.
Through is NARMS project laboratory staff will integrate microbiological expertise with
local public health investigations and national initiatives supporting food safety. Data that are
generated during this study will contribute both to public health and to clinical care of patients
impacted by foodborne illness.